The Privilege of Prayer By Beth Moore, Honorary Chairman, National Day of Prayer The privilege of prayer is the flagship proof that God created man to participate in His kingdom agenda and just not dangle from His fingers like a puppet. That a sovereign God welcomes mere human beings to touch His heart and affect His work is nothing less than stunning. A fresh reread of Abraham’s intercession for Sodom in Genesis 18 ought to leave us reeling with the privilege and responsibility of divine access. “What if there are fifty righteous people, Lord? Would You spare the city of the judgment it has earned?” “Or five less than fifty?” “What about forty people, Lord?” Thirty? Twenty? Ten? Scripture calls Abraham by one of the most intimate titles in Holy writ: “the friend of God.” The freedom such closeness had granted him is illustrated nowhere more remarkably than in Abraham’s intercession. He drew near to God the way He esteems most. Figuratively speaking, Abraham approached the Maker of Heaven and Earth balanced on two knees: one of humility (“though I am nothing but dust and ashes”) and one of boldness (“but let me speak just once more…”). Without both knees pressed firmly to the ground, the intercessor tumbles in the dust with the first harsh wind of worldly resistance. “The Judge of all the earth” will indeed do right. He cannot do otherwise. But He honors nothing more highly in all creation than a people who willingly align themselves with His agenda through the wonder of prayer.
→John 1:12 tells us that “to all who received Him…He gave the right to become children of God.” By His sovereign authority, every child of God has been assigned certain inalienable rights and responsibilities. Chief among them is prayer. Over and over God invites us on the pages of Scripture to “Ask!” Humbly. Believingly. Persistently. To feel caught in the psychological trap of powerlessness is the furthest cry from the position we’ve been given as children of the living God. No matter what befalls or degrades us as a nation, at no time are we victims of a system. We are no further from change than the space of our knees to the ground. Prayer penetrates doors we will never be privy to enter. Prayer breaks hearts that have been hardened by even the most ruthless pursuit of position. Prayer bridges the gap between the modest den of the meek and the highest places of government where laws are made and bills are signed and officials wrestle against impossible odds. Make no mistake. We are not powerless. We are not too remote and removed to make a difference. And we are not a few. Hear it once again: we are not a few. If we would but get over our own quarrels and come together on our knees seeking forgiveness for ourselves first and our country second, dust would fly. Change would come. And to us first.
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God is enlisting people like Abraham today. People He can call friends of God. People who are willing to adopt His interests and put their reputations – even their lives – on the line for what is right. People motivated, not by arrogance and self‐righteousness but, by truth‐driven, bone‐deep conviction that God’s precepts bring well‐being to one and all. We are desperate for our Shield and Refuge to spread His umbrella over the far reaches of this nation once again. Oh, to awaken to the reality that America has not just been great. She has been blessed. Indeed, when God is for us, who can be against us? God is enlisting men and women willing to take courage when they’re mocked, willing to love when they are hated, and willing to bless when they are cursed. God is calling individuals who grasp the fact that He is more concerned about a change of heart than a change of circumstance. Indeed, sometimes He appoints circumstances to remain unchanged until hearts move. The veil is still open to the Holy of Holies through the wonder of prayer. There is still grace and mercy to be found in our desperate time of need. Let the thunder of a million knees quake the earth for good. Beth Moore, Honorary Chairman National Day of Prayer ‐ May 7, 2009 Beth founded Living Proof Ministries in 1994 with the purpose of teaching women how to love and live on God’s Word. She has written numerous books and Bible studies, including Breaking Free, Believing God, and The Patriarchs, that have been read by women of all ages, races, and denominations. Through the years, American missionaries and expatriates have taken the Bible studies overseas, resulting in Beth Moore Bible study groups popping up all over the world. Upon completion of a tour of New England this fall, Beth’s Living Proof Live conferences will have taken her to all fifty states since 1994. The events have been attended by more than 658,000 women. God has graciously given Beth the opportunity to serve the body of Christ in many different countries, including Ireland, England, Singapore, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, India, Angola, Kenya, and South Africa. With great joy, she began a radio ministry in 2004 called Living Proof with Beth Moore. Each Wednesday, Beth can be seen teaching Bible study on the television program “Life Today with James and Betty Robison.” Ever the storyteller, Beth is known to pepper her teaching with stories and poems written from the perspective of pertinent characters. She communicates with great energy, passion, humor, warmth, and grace. Beth attends Houston’s First Baptist Church, where she hosts an interdenominational Tuesday‐night Bible study for women in her city. Because of her burden for unity in the body of Christ, Beth counts serving women of all denominations as one of her greatest privileges in life.
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